1. A trial performance, as by an actor, dancer, or musician, to demonstrate suitability or skill.
2. The sense or power of hearing.
3. The act of hearing.
v. au·di·tioned, au·di·tion·ing, au·di·tions
To take part in a trial performance: auditioned for the role and got it.
To evaluate (a person) in a trial performance.
[Latin audītiō, audītiōn-, from audītus, past participle of audīre, to hear; see au- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
The American Heritage Dictionary Blog
Check out our blog, updated regularly, for new words and revised definitions, interesting images from the 5th edition, discussions of usage, and more.